File:George Washington Cable.jpg|thumb|right|200px|George Washington Cable, 1903
'''George Washington Cable''' (October 12, 1844 – January 31, 1925) was an American novelist
notable for the Literary realism|realism
of his portrayals of Louisiana Creole people|Creole
life in his native New Orleans, Louisiana
. He has been called "the most important southern artist working in the late 19th century, as well as the first modern southern writer."
In his treatment of racism, mixed-race
families and miscegenation
, his fiction has been thought to anticipate that of William Faulkner
He also wrote articles critical of contemporary society. Due to hostility against him after two 1885 essays encouraging racial equality and opposing Jim Crow
, Cable moved with his family to Northampton, Massachusetts
. He lived there for the next thirty years, then moved to Florida.